The 13th Annual Glacier Classic
Friday, August 18- Sunday, August 20
This year will mark the 13th anniversary of The Rocky Mountaineers signature event- The Glacier Classic! This year we will be basing our activities out of Johnson’s Campground, a private campground in St. Mary. We have a number of good climbs and hikes planned (see below). Stay tuned over the next couple months as more may be added. While the trips are the focal point of the weekend, the camaraderie enjoyed at the camp in the evenings is often just as fun and memorable. Whether it’s your first time or your 13th, its certain to be a blast!
We have four sites reserved at Johnson’s for the event. Each site should hold 6-8 campers. We would like to accommodate all who wish to attend, so please register as soon as possible to ensure we have a spot for you. Feel free to bring anyone interested- just let us know so we can get them on the roster. Alternatively, you are certainly free to get your own campsite (or stay elsewhere) but still join us for the activities and socializing.
Friday- We currently have one trip offering for those wishing to arrive early. Most folks will likely head up to St. Mary and arrive sometime Friday afternoon or evening. Eat, drink, be social. Bring your own food and drink. Around 8:00 we will have the Saturday trip leaders announce their plans for the following day.
Saturday- Climbs and hikes during the day. In the evening we’ll gather in camp for a (not to be missed) Hanou Burrito dinner! (bring your own drinks)
Sunday- More hikes and climbs for those interested, or head home whenever you desire.
2017 GLACIER CLASSIC TRIPS:
Friday, August 18 – MOUNT BROWN
Rating: Class 4; Distance: 13 miles RT; Elevation Gain: 5800’
Description: We will first hike the trail to Mount Brown lookout, 5.5 miles with 4300 feet of gain. We then follow the southwest ridge off trail another mile, with 1500 feet of gain and some class 4 climbing. This trip is for the well-conditioned mountaineer who is comfortable on class 4 terrain. Expect a full day at a steady, sustained pace.
Max group size: 6
Saturday, August 19 – SPLIT MOUNTAIN
Rating: Class 4+; Distance: ~20 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: ~6200’
Description: Split Mountain is considered (by GMS standards) to be one of 5 “technical” peaks in the Park. This Glacier Classic trip will start with a drive south to the Cutbank Trailhead. We’ll head up Cutbank Creek and over Triple Divide Pass. After scrambling up the scree, we’ll head up through the mountain’s namesake and climb the chimney to the summit. We may bring a rope and rappel off the top
Max group size: 5
Saturday, August 19 – CITADEL MOUNTAIN
Rating: Class 3; Distance: 10 miles RT; Elevation Gain: 5400’
Description: This trip will begin at the Jackson Glacier Overlook pullout and head downhill to a junction with the Gunsight Lake trail. Will follow the trail west to the vicinity of Mirror Pond. From there the adventure begins. First comes a ford of the slow moving but deep St. Mary River. Then we will bushwack up into the great north facing cirque that sits between Dusty Star Mountain to the east and Citadel to the west. After clearing the brush we will shoot for the saddle between the two peaks, then follow the east ridge of Citadel to the summit.
Equipment: Helmet, possibly an ice axe
Max group size: 4
Saturday, August 19- PIEGAN MOUNTAIN
Rating: Class 2-3; Distance: 4 miles; Elevation Gain: 3000’
Description: This scramble leaves the Going to the Sun highway at Lunch Creek just ¾ mile east of Logan Pass. Lunch Creek has non-system wildlife/hiker created trails up to the scree headwall that divides Pollock and Piegan Mountains. This scenic class 2/3 scree scramble up Piegan Mountain (9220’) has an elevation gain of nearly 3000’. Round trip is just under 4 miles. More detailed description can be found at: http://www.summitpost.org/piegan-mountain-gnp/425452. Outstanding summit views with potential to see ptarmigan, mountain grouse, pica, pipits, marmots, goats and bighorn sheep.
Max group size: none stated
Saturday, August 19 - MOUNT REYNOLDS
Rating: Class 2-3, Distance: 5 miles; Elevation Gain: 2500'
Description: Begin the standard route on Reynolds Mountain at Logan Pass parking area and hike up the trail toward Hidden Lake overlook. Turn and head toward Mt Reynolds. Mostly hiking on good trails around the mountain to the south side of the mountain, up to the upper cliff bands which require a relatively easy class 3 scramble to reach the summit.
Equipment: Lightweight backpack, climbing helmet for potential rockfall from above.
Max group size: 8
Saturday, August 19 – ICEBERG LAKE
Rating: Class 1; Distance: 10 mi/16.9k RT; Elevation Gain: 1160ft/353.57m
Description: This trip will begin and return to the Many Glacier parking lot. Those looking for a shorter hike may want to consider only going as far as Ptarmigan Falls. With only about 1000ft/304.80m elevation gain in 5 mi/8.05k this is a fairly level trail to one of Glacier’s iconic lakes.
Equipment: Lunch, water
Max group size: none stated
Sunday, August 20 – CLEMENTS MOUNTAIN
Rating: Class 4-5; Distance: 6-6.5 miles; Elevation Gain: 2300’
Description: Clements is the 8760’ mountain just west of the Logan Pass area. Depending on interest, I would like to climb the East Face Couloir Direct route. This is a Class 5 route right up the middle of the east face. Would need crampons and an ice axe for the start of the route (to access the rock climbing). Alternatively, we could climb the standard East Face Couloir route which avoids the lower rock face pitches. Either way, would probably descend via the West Ridge and head back to parking lot.
Equipment: Harness, Belay Device, Helmet, Crampons, Ice Axe
Max group size: 4
Sunday, August 20 – TRAIL HIKE to be arranged
Rating: Class 1
Description: At Saturday dinner Alden Wright will arrange for a trail hike. The location, distance, and difficulty will be up to the participants.
Equipment: Bear spray
For more information or to register, please email:
Hope to see you there!